If you have candy canes sitting around after the holidays, you can turn them into a tasty peppermint topping for cookies, ice cream, and even coffee. All you need is a hammer, or better yet, a food processor. Image from mommyknows.
Unwrap the candy canes, break them into pieces, and put them in your food processor or blender to crush into a peppermint dust. If you don't have a food processor or blender, a heavy pan, hammer, or rubber mallet will work. Put the candy cane pieces into a plastic bag, seal them up tight, and lay them on your counter with a towel under the bag to avoid damaging the countertop. Smash the candy canes until you get the size you want. Store the crushed canes in an airtight container, and keep them as long as you like.
Add your peppermint dust for extra minty sweetness on frosted cakes or cookies, ice cream, hot chocolate or coffee. You can even mix it into cake or cookie batter for an integrated minty flavour. If you have other candy cane flavours, you can use the same technique to make flavoured dust to use on desserts.
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